Theresa Windschitl

NEW ULM — Theresa Windschitl, 85, of New Ulm died Saturday, September 8, 2018 at her home.

Mass of Christian Burial will be 10:30 AM Friday, September 14, at the Cathedral of the Holy Trinity in New Ulm with Father Garrett Ahlers celebrating the Mass. Burial will follow in the New Ulm Catholic Cemetery.

Visitation will be 4 – 7 PM Thursday and 9- 10 AM Friday at the Minnesota Valley Funeral Home NORTH Chapel in New Ulm. The Christian Mother’s Society will pray the rosary at 4 PM Thursday at the Cathedral. The St. Joseph’s – St. Elizabeth’s Catholic United Council will pray the rosary at 6 PM Thursday at the funeral home.

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Theresa is survived by her husband Alvin Windschitl of New Ulm; daughters, Ann (Bill) Dalhoff of Chanhassen, Bonnie (Don) Vrchota of Lakefield, Mary (Joe) Eckstein of New Ulm; a son, David (Lori) Windschitl of Crystal; nine grandchildren, Tony Dalhoff, Kristin Dalhoff, John Vrchota, Heidi (Steven) Atkinson, Emily Eckstein, Stacy (Drew) Pfaff, Kelli (fiancé Nathan Brehmer), Olivia Eckstein, Jeremy Eckstein; sisters, Helen (Vernon) Stein of New Ulm, Carol (Ralph) Kuehn of New Ulm, Jane Ann Walkush of Inver Grove Heights; brothers, Leon (Jane) Rotering of Richfield and Joe (Judy) Rotering of Mankato; and numerous nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents; a sister and brother-in-law, Doris and Bob Pfarr; brothers, Roger and Robert Rotering; brother-in-law Bob Walkush; godchild Joni Stein; and three sons in infancy.

Theresa Grace Rotering was born December 4, 1932, in Cottonwood Township, Brown County, to Waldemar and Annie (Drexler) Rotering. She was a 1951 graduate of Holy Trinity High School. Theresa was united in marriage to Alvin Windschitl on August 28, 1954, at the Cathedral of the Holy Trinity. They recently celebrated their 64th wedding anniversary with all of their children.

Theresa was a long-time active member of the Cathedral of the Holy Trinity. Over the years, she was active in the St. Elizabeth Catholic Aid Council, where she was president for many years. She was also a member of the C.C.W., Christian Mothers, and a volunteer worker for funeral lunches at Cathedral. She led the rosary at church and at Ridgeway on 23rd until shortly before her death. She taught religious education for at least 10 years when her children were young and was a 4-H leader for the Milford 4-H Club.

She farmed in Milford Township with her husband Alvin for many years. Spending time with her children and grandchildren was her greatest joy. She also loved crossword puzzles, jigsaw puzzles, sudoku puzzles, her flowers, playing cards, reading, and texting with lots of emojis!

Theresa will always be remembered for her beautiful smile and her loving and giving spirit.


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